flattery

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noun flat·tery \ˈfla-tə-rē\

Definition of flattery

plural

flatteries

  1. 1a :  the act or practice of flattering She uses the art of flattery to her advantage.b (1) :  something that flatters A compliment is flattery … — Harry Shaw (2) :  insincere or excessive praise He tried to win his teacher's favor with flattery.

  2. 2 obsolete :  a pleasing self-deception

Examples of flattery in a Sentence

  1. He tried to win his teacher's favor with flattery.

  2. a talk show host who is known for charming her guests with disingenuous flattery

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Origin and Etymology of flattery

see 1flatter



FLATTERY Defined for English Language Learners

flattery

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Definition of flattery for English Language Learners

  • : praise that is not sincere


FLATTERY Defined for Kids

flattery

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noun flat·tery \ˈfla-tə-rē\

Definition of flattery for Students

plural

flatteries

  1. :  praise that is not deserved or meant



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